While I've been on a blog sabbatical, a city government in my area has made the news in a situation involving secularism and church/state separation. Of course, the nearly omniscient Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist, beat me to it while I was
On both my own blog and the comments I leave elsewhere, I tend to focus more on personal thoughts about culture and religion, or larger national and internet news rather than local stuff. Frankly, not much really exciting stuff happens here, and when something does happen, most of the internet knows about it before I do. The only things I get the scoop on are local earthquakes.
I remember hearing last year that Pismo Beach was being sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation over sectarian Christian invocations at city council meetings, but instead of sitting down and writing an inflammatory essay, I promptly shrugged my shoulders and had a beer. Although the Pismo Beach city limits are all of about a mile from my apartment, I don't live there, I don't go to their city council meetings, I have a busy day most days, and I just couldn't be bothered to give a shit.
But I am glad that someone cared enough to challenge the policy. Let me explain why.